Appropriate training is critically important for home and third country expatriates as well as for inpatriates. Our modules follow the individuals and their family from the moment they start thinking about the assignment through the assignment itself and finally onto their repatriation or next move. (We strongly recommend that the partner of the expatriate also participates in the training courses.)
  • Pre-assignment training

    This brief preparation programme assists the expatriate and her/his family to prepare for the move. What questions should you ask yourself before the assignment? What concerns do you have? How can you find help now and once you are in the new location? Methods include dialogues. Typical duration: -1 day.

  • Cultural awareness training

    This module explores the concept of culture and presents the different ways different cultures see and evaluate the world around themselves. Factors that describe cultures and are discussed during the course include: time perception, space perception, the interpretation of power, individual versus collectivist orientation, communication styles, rules versus flexibility, attitude towards competition, relationship to nature and the environment and thinking patterns.

    The training focuses on the specific needs of the individuals and their families by taking into consideration their cultural background and experience. Methods include: lectures, games and role plays. Typical duration: -2 days.

  • Region- and/or country-specific training

    How to handle the culture shock in a new location? This training module prepares for business and/or every-day life situations. Special consideration is given to the individuals' cultural background and experience as well as to the future position of the expatriate. Methods include lectures, critical incidents, games and role plays. Typical duration: -2 days.

  • Follow-up training on-site

    During the pre-departure training expatriates and their families familiarise themselves with the culture of their future assignment and become sensitive towards the kinds of issues they may encounter once in the location. The strength of the follow-up training lies in its practical, "hands-on" use. In order for it to be most useful, it is recommended that it is run sometime between 4-8 weeks after the arrival. By that time the expatriates and their families are beginning to settle in the new country, and are faced with issues that need addressing. Methods include dialogues, games and role plays. Typical duration: day.

  • On-line consultation

    Even the best-prepared expatriate can have issues during the assignment where s/he feels that some cultural advice could help to clarify a situation. Therefore Tungli Consulting offers on-line (and telephone) consultation while the expatriates and their families are on the assignment. At the beginning of the assignment it may be done on a week-by-week basis and later on as per request.

  • Training the local people

    In order for the locals to be better prepared to work with expatriates, cross-cultural training can and should be expanded to the local employees, as well. The training course for local people explores the role of cultures in business behaviour as well as discusses the roles expatriates play in an international organisation. Methods include lectures, critical incidents, games and role plays. Typical duration: 1 day.

  • Repatriation training

    Repatriation training is best provided while the expatriate and her/his family are still on the assignment or shortly after the arrival in the home country. The familiar surroundings may have changed, people may have changed (or so it seems to the returning person), and perhaps the expatriates and their families have changed. How to handle the re-entry culture shock? The repatriation training draws the attention to issues that are most likely to occur upon return to the home country. Both general and culture-specific advice is given. Methods include dialogues and role plays. Typical duration: -1 day.

  • Moving again

    The assignment is completed and the expatriate and her/his family are preparing for the next move. Why could another training be useful? The new assignment's culture may be unfamiliar and circumstances may have changed in the family (e.g. children born, going to school, spouse wanting or not wanting to work). The course is tailored to the individuals' needs considering the expatriate and her/his family's prior experiences and the difference between the cultures of the new place, the family's home and the current assignment's country. Methods include lectures, critical incidents, games and role plays. Typical duration: -2 days.